UC Irvine Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship

Former Fellows

Dr. Maria Patrice Amon

University of California, Irvine
Doctor of Drama, 2014

Maria Patrice Amon is a recent PhD in drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation is titled “Little Girls and Legal Defendants: Theatricalization and Performances of Innocence in Modern American Culture.” She is a dramaturg and has worked with San Diego Rep and Clairemont Act One. Maria Patrice holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.

Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Brown Bag Theatre Company: Performances of Latino/a Student Activism in the Academy

Professor Lonnie Alcaraz

Department, School:
Department of Drama; School of Arts

Download Dr. Amon’s CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Amon’s website: https://uci.academia.edu/PatriceAmon

• Where are they now: Dr. Patrice Amon is a Dramaturg and Producer in Residence at San Deigo Repertory Theater. Dr. Amon is also a Lecturer at San Deigo State University in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.


Dr. Shandee Dawn Dixon

University of Michigan Medical School
Doctor of Microbiology & Immunology, 2012

Dr. Dixon attended Pasadena City College where she joined the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. This allowed her to transition into the Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Program at California State University Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and master’s degree in biology as a graduate fellow in MBRS–RISE M.S to Ph.D. During this tenure, she worked full time in a virology research lab and served as the Student Advisory committee Biology representative. Dr. Dixon earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where her dissertation project focused on iron acquisition mechanisms in Bacillus anthracis giving her the opportunity to learn a range of techniques spanning drug discovery, genetic engineering, and microbial pathogenesis, along with extensive experience working with murine and tissue culture models of infection. After completing her dissertation, she began postdoctoral training in Prof. Ken Bradley’s lab at University of California, Los Angeles. This appointment expanded her knowledge of bacterial pathogenesis and cell biology by exploring how an emerging family of bacterial toxins gains access into human cells to cause disease. Skills acquired by Dr. Dixon in both graduate school and during her first postdoctoral appointment at UCLA have laid the groundwork for her to succeed in her current postdoctoral position in Prof. Celia Goulding’s lab at the University of California, Irvine. Her diverse scientific training puts her in a unique position to facilitate a microbiological context to the findings of a lab focused on the protein chemistry of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Currently Dr. Dixon aims to explore the utility of a recently discovered bacterial microcompartment, Encapsulin, in Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a novel therapeutic and vaccine delivery nano–vehicle to combat intracellular infections including TB. In addition to the honor of being named a UCI Chancellor’s Fellow, she is a 2015 award winner of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her postdoctoral training at UCI will focus on cultivating skills that will bolster her passion of mentoring other aspiring scientists. Complementing expertise at the bench and interest in biomedical sciences with development as a productive mentor and communicator has been a unifying theme throughout Dr. Dixon’s research.

Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Characterization of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis stress–response nanocompartment–encapsulin

Dr. Celia W. Goulding

Department, School:
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; School of Biological Sciences

Download Dr. Dixon’s CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Dixon’s website: www.linkedin.com/in/shandeed

Where are they now: Dr. Shandee Dixon is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).


Dr. Nathan S. Garcia

University of Southern California
Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, 2012

Dr. Nathan Garcia’s interest in the biological consequences of global change began as an undergraduate at Michigan State University where he graduated with honors in Fisheries and Wildlife and Spanish. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston and later a PhD in Marine Environmental Biology at the University of Southern California. The implications of global warming on oceanic nutrient chemistry, microbial diversity, and web interactions and food web interactions animate his on-going research and scientific papers. In addition to advancing his research program, Dr. Garcia is looking forward to contributing to the UCI chapter of the California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science (C.A.M.P.). Motivating and mentoring future science students has been an integral part of his graduate career. In a NSF funded program at the College of Charleston, he not only worked one-on-one with a range of student learners from elementary, middle school, to high school, but also developed inquiry-based science lesson plans in collaboration with teachers in seven area schools.

Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Nutrient controls on oceanic phytoplankton communities - modeling global change in the oceans.

Professors Adam Martiny & Keith Moore

Department, School:
Department of Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences

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• Visit Dr. Garcia’s websites:

• Where are they now: Dr. Nathan S. Garcia is a Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology at Duke University.


Dr. Laura E. Enriquez

University of California, Los Angeles
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, 2014

Dr. Enriquez earned undergraduate degrees in Sociology and History from Pomona College. During her time there she began working closely with undocumented immigrant students and researching issues related to undocumented immigrant communities. Earning her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, she has researched, presented, and published on a range of issues related to the educational, economic, political, and social experiences of undocumented young adults who immigrated to the United States as children. Putting her research into practice, she works directly with colleges and community organizations to help them better serve undocumented immigrants. Additionally, she is a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post and participates in community-based workshops and panels to raise awareness about undocumented immigrant issues.

Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
For Love and Papers: Latina/o Family Formation in the Shadows of Immigration Policy

Professor Rubén Rumbaut

Department, School:
Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences

Download Dr. Enriquez's CV (pdf)

• Where are they now: Dr. Laura Enriquez is an Assistant Professor in Chicano/Latino Studies at UCI.


Dr. Joseph Morales

University of California, Berkeley
Doctor of Philosophy in Ethnic Studies, 2012

Dr. Joseph Morales is interested in the intersections of race and religion, Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies, and colonial/postcolonial theory. Dr. Morales' research is informed by his own progression as a first-generation and low-income student. His work seeks to reimagine the questions of how, by whom, and for whom "knowledge" is produced. Starting his educational path at a California community college, Dr. Morales later earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree in Divinity from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Morales' research is focused on the politics of organizing and disseminating information, including race-based forms of cultural nationalism, especially as it relates to the critical study of religion. His current project examines how religion and spirituality has contributed to the formation of Latina/o literature; and also engages debates connected with digital humanities, Latina/o migrant politics, and Black-Latina/o struggles for social justice.

Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
The Politics of "Ethnic" Archives and Databases

Professor Rodrigo Lazo

Department, School:
Department of English, School of Humanities

Download Dr. Morales' CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Morales' website: https://uci.academia.edu/JosephMorales

Where are they now: Dr. Joseph Morales is Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships in the Office of Inclusive Excellence.


Dr. Philip Tanedo

Cornell University
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, 2013

Dr. Philip "Flip" Tanedo's research in theoretical high energy physics focuses on the underlying particle properties of dark matter, hypothetical ideas such as supersymmetry and extra dimensions, and the interplay of experimental efforts to test these ideas. Flip received his Ph.D in physics from Cornell University as an NSF Graduate Research fellow and Soros fellow. Prior to that, he completed master's degrees from Durham University and Cambridge University as a Marshall scholar and a Bachelors of Science with honors & distinction from Stanford University as a Goldwater scholar. As part of his efforts to explore new media for science outreach, he was a writer for the US/LHC (now part of Quantum Diaries) blog and has recently founded the ParticleBites blog.

Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Dark Matter and new physics at the Large Hadron Collider

Professor Timothy Tait

Department, School:
Department of Physics & Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences

Download Dr. Tanedo's CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Tanedo's website: http://www.physics.uci.edu/~tanedo/

• Where are they now: Dr. Philip Tanedo is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UC Riverside.


Dr. Jaye Austin Williams

University of California, Irvine
Doctor of Philosophy in Drama, 2013

Dr. Williams is an artist-scholar and recent graduate of UC Irvine’s Ph.D. Program in Drama.  For nearly thirty years prior to her return to school, Jaye worked as a critically acclaimed stage director, actor, playwright and cultural consultant on and off Broadway and regionally.  Among her credits are the regional premieres of David Auburne’s Proof and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog.  She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Kennedy Center. Her research frames the ways in which Black playwrights examine blackness as not only a locus of cultural identity and expression, but also as a condition and predicament warranting closer and ongoing critical analysis. Jaye will join the faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University Long Beach in the Fall of 2015.

Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Situating the Black Feminist Dramatic Perspective within the Discourse on Diversity

Professor Daniel Gary Busby

Department, School:
Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of Arts

Download Dr. Williams's CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Williams's website: www.jayeaustinwilliams.com

• Where are they now: Dr. Jaye Austin Williams is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at California State University, Long Beach.


Dr. Sarah Holmes Miller

University of Oxford
Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics, 2012
UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2015

Dr. Miller earned honors undergraduate degrees in both Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, she pursued observational astrophysics with a special interest in galaxy assembly and dark matter. Since completing her doctorate in astrophysics, Dr. Miller has continued her research and publishing activity on the evolution of matter in the universe as a joint postdoctoral fellow at UC Riverside and Caltech. In Texas and England as well as in California, she has been engaged in educational outreach to underserved communities and in mentoring students from underrepresented populations. Dr. Miller is writing and hosting a science promotional series called Beyond. She is also currently producing a collection of short videos called Phys-kicks. These series, which will feature scientists who break the mold of typical stereotypes, are designed to de-mystify natural phenomenon (like dark energy or black holes) while encouraging children, teens, and adults to believe that physics is completely within their reach.

Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Topic:
Fresh Leads on the Astrophysical Nature of Dark Matter

Professor James Bullock

Department, School:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences

Download Dr. Miller's CV (pdf)

• Visit Dr. Miller's website: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~shmiller

• Where are they now: Dr. Sarah Holmes Miller has a position with the Federal Government.

The UC Irvine Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship is a partnership of several campus units including the Offices of the Provost, Dean of the Graduate Division, and Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.